Although stereoscopic imaging has potential value in many computer graphics applications, the design principles
for creating effective three-dimensional images are not widely known in the graphics community. Poorly designed
images may fail to convey convincing 3D information about the visualized scene or object. At their worst, stereo
images designed without attention to physiological limits can produce the kinds of eye strain, headaches, and
generally unpleasant viewing experiences that are unfortunately now associated with 3D by many people.
This paper presents a graphical software application that assists the user in composing stereoscopic computer
graphic images that minimize conflicting depth cues and unwanted physiological effects. This prototype application
is designed to help novice users adjust parameters of the virtual stereo camera and compose stereoscopic
views of three-dimensional models.
Specifically, the tool detects window violations and excessive disparity, graphically displays affected regions
of the object or scene, and suggests ways to minimize discomfort. The user interface refrains from using technical
terms, guiding the inexperienced user to adjust underlying image parameters like camera position, camera view
angle, location of image plane, viewing distance, and stereo base to match the scene, the viewing environment,
and the user's preferences.